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NCEAS Science Communication Liaison

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 11th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


We are seeking a full-time Science Communication Liaison to expand the reach and impact of science produced at NCEAS and support COMPASS’s work to champion, connect, and support diverse science leaders to improve the well-being of people and nature. You will be embedded within and based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA, working closely with members of the COMPASS team, both in-person and remotely. Your primary responsibilities will be to: (1) coach and support NCEAS-affiliated scientists to strategically engage with journalists, policymakers, and other audiences around salient environmental topics; (2) train NCEAS-affiliated scientists to be more effective and strategic communicators; and (3) observe and connect with the range of research underway at NCEAS, scouting for opportunities that you’ll elevate to COMPASS as an organization to support individual scientists and/or NCEAS working groups to have greater impact. By acting as a liaison among COMPASS, NCEAS, and NCEAS affiliated scientists, you will support scientists to amplify the impact of their research, reach key audiences across a diversity of contexts and geographic scales, and ultimately help to realize the potential of science to create a better future.

Both NCEAS and COMPASS are deeply committed to workplace policies, practices and culture that prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and other core values. You will be supported by and contribute to these values and practices.

You will work closely with Ben Halpern (Director) and the leadership team at NCEAS and Estelle Robichaux and other team members at COMPASS, and be integrated into both organizations, with opportunities to work with and learn from multiple team members and across multiple projects. Our two organizations have worked together in multiple capacities for the past two decades, and there is ample support and eagerness within both organizations to help the person in this position to thrive.

RESIDENCY AT NCEAS: NCEAS is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Center is known for fostering interaction and collaboration, characteristics that lead to the success of its visiting scientists. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and a frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects.

WORKING WITH COMPASS: COMPASS is a distributed organization with offices in Portland, OR and Washington, D.C. As a pioneer in the science communication field, COMPASS has provided thousands of environmental scientists with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to strategically engage and inspire solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges. Their work is built around the idea that scientists are the best people to share what they know, and that when scientists communicate effectively, they can change the world.

A minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience (e.g., in ecology; environmental science; sustainability science; natural resource management, policy, or economics), including experience in the practice of science communication OR a graduate degree and at least 2 years of relevant work experience, including science communication, at the time of application.

• Experience supporting scientists to communicate their science to non-scientists
• A commitment to championing, connecting, and supporting diverse science leaders
• Aptitude to successfully connect and relate to individuals across varying backgrounds and cultural contexts (e.g., scientists, journalists, policymakers)
• Experience comfortably interacting with scientists at various career stages who work across diverse dimensions of environmental science
• Ability to understand and synthesize environmental science across a diversity of topics, from high-level to highly detailed
• Ability to professionally network and effectively maintain working relationships
• Ability to work collaboratively with remotely-located team members, as well as independently
• Attention to detail and ability to track multiple efforts simultaneously
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Work style that combines tenacity, creativity, and thoughtfulness

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: This position is funded for 2 years, with the possibility of extension pending further grant funding and evaluation of performance.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: This full-time Academic Coordinator I position has a starting salary range of $55-57K/yr, as well as a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement benefits, and paid vacation.

TO APPLY: Submit a CV, cover letter, writing sample, and 3 references (names and contact info only) via UCRecruit:

CLOSING DATE: Preference will be given to applications received by March 15, 2020. Position is open until filled.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing Sample

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)